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Pancake Paradise Lost – The good, the bad, the inedible at OHOP


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Pancake Paradise Lost – The good, the bad, the inedible at OHOP

rworange | Jan 22, 2007 11:44 PM

It was Pancake hell weekend at RW Orange’s House of Pancakes.

Here’s the short version

What’s your favorite pancake recipe?
Do you have any deliciously different ideas?
What are your tips for producing that perfect pancake?

I found this site with about 86 pancake recipes that seems to have interesting ideas:

This is the long version which is must me blathering on about some truly bad pancakes I made. The above sums it up.

I no longer should be allowed the privilege of criticizing the worst slop from any restaurant because of the little pancakes of horror I made.

The adjectives: limp, gummy, flaccid, greasy, oily, thin, runny, lumpy ... all at once ... pale except for charred spots.

I don’t like to cook but this was so bad it is now a personal challenge. I tried again this morning with equally awful results.

I used the basic pancake recipe from the link above.


2 cups flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tbs. sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. The pan was sprayed as lightly as the ozone layer covering the arctic.

2. The skillet was heated until drops of water jumped like hyperactive children in inflatable party-bouncers after eating too much cake at a birthday.

3. The batter spread as thin as Donald Trump’s skin ... except for the little lumps here & there like the bruises of his opponents.

4. I walked one room away to pick up the Sunday paper & the smoke detector went off

5. The pancake was as black as the heart of (politician of your choice) and stuck to the pan like Glen Close to Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction.

Repeated steps 1-3.

Hover over pan, adjust heat slightly down ... and wait ... and wait ... and wait. It was like waiting for Godot ... long, boring and unending ... like this post.

The pancakes browned like Conan O’Brian on a beach ... either remained pale or burned.

Yes ... as many similes and metaphors as spam emails from Nigerians ... but I’m trying hard NOT to say the pancakes eventually tasted like (explicative deleted).

Help ... help ... for some reason I’m compelled to get this right ... I mean this is so simple ... I followed the recipe ... what oh what is wrong?

Must a griddle be used? Stale baking powder? Bad recipe? Is an egg beater needed to get the lumps out? Too much butter in the batter? The pan only had a light spray of oil so they should not have been that greasy.

Threw a little batter in a dish and microwaved it ... yeah, that doesn’t work ... but if anyone DOES have a from-scratch microwave recipe it would be of interest. Standing over a stove isn’t my thing.

It took me five Thanksgivings to finally make a decent turkey and I went through LOTS of chorizo before perfecting that cooking task. I want a short-cut other than trial and error.

I’ve done the bad and ugly and would like the good. I’ll report back when successful ... I’ll invite you to breakfast.

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